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Posted in: Gov't investigates 700 foreign students AWOL from Tokyo university See in context

Why does Tokyo University of Social Welfare have its public relations office in Nagoya?

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Posted in: 'Shoplifters' wins another award See in context

Well deserved. "Shoplifters" is, like all his films, beautiful, uplifting and tragic.

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Posted in: Ex-mayor who quit over verbal abuse re-elected See in context

He also told the public that he had started to study anger management.

This shouldn't fill anyone with optimism. He ought to be practising it, not studying it.

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Posted in: Should it be illegal for employers to underpay their workers? See in context

...as opposed to letting them keep stealing from their employees, you mean?

Erm.

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Posted in: British lawmakers overwhelmingly back Brexit delay See in context

The Will of the People - ha. People who were woefully misinformed, and outright lied to, about what "Brexit" actually means.

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Posted in: Harry Potter actor apologizes for wearing shirt critics say glorifies Japan’s WWII aggression See in context

Ignorance is no excuse, and it is good that he didn't make any excuses or make a non-apology of the "Sorry if you were offended because you misunderstood me" variety. More people should follow his example.

There are many alive who suffered greatly under the regime who flew this flag, and there are those who saw their elder relatives live with the consequences of what this regime did during the war. Since the black vans paste this flag all over their vehicles, we know it has negative symbolism even now.

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Posted in: Disabled man wins damages for DNA collection without consent See in context

These police officers were certainly aware of what they are not legally allowed to do; they did it anyway, assuming the public is uninformed about their rights. People like this are not working for the people, but against us.

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Posted in: Harry Potter actor apologizes for wearing shirt critics say glorifies Japan’s WWII aggression See in context

Who complained about it - British folk, or just general Instagram followers from all over?

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Posted in: Brain expert warns parents of horrors that await juvenile smartphone users See in context

And 'experts' once said that riding bicycles would dislodge a woman's uterus and cause her face to splat out like a dropped egg.

Every new invention in history that allows its users a bit of enjoyment has been met with dire warnings from scientists. Calm down, fella.

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Posted in: Getting ready for abdication See in context

I bet he can't wait to slip into a pair of fleecy sweats and kick back. I hope he lives another twenty five years with good physical and mental health, and that he enjoys the freedom of every minute of it.

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Posted in: Australian Cardinal Pell sentenced to six years in jail for sexually abusing two choirboys See in context

Not long enough, even if he dies in prison which I hope he does.

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Posted in: Mammoth moves: Frozen cells come to life, but only just See in context

Meanwhile, the number of endangered species in the world today grows.

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Posted in: Kremlin says talks with Japan over territorial dispute could take years See in context

Very jarring to see the words The Kremlin used. Harks back to the bad old days.

What is the Japanese equivalent of that ^, and of The White House, Westminster, etc.?

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Posted in: Do you think it is natural that people are losing interest in the Tohoku reconstruction effort, especially considering how many natural disasters there have been in Japan since then? See in context

especially considering how many natural disasters there have been in Japan since then

How many natural disasters on a vaguely similar level have there been?

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Posted in: Court turns down Ghosn's request to attend Nissan board meeting on Tuesday See in context

@alwaysspeakingwisdom

for a guy who was being mistreated in prison, he is good shape. I wonder if Ghosn's family was lying about his treatment in prison.

I am curious - From the little you can see of him. how do you think he should look? A bloodied nose, black eyes, and broken teeth? Should he be wheeled out in a chair or unconscious, in order to 'prove' mistreatment?

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Posted in: March 11, 2011: What are your memories of that day? See in context

The scenes of the tsunami - people were sending footage into NHK online almost as soon as it was happening. It was horrifying to see those small figures running for higher ground, desperately trying to outrun that black monster of a wave, and to see not all of them make it.

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Posted in: Japanese anti-drug poster tells would-be addicts to just eat udon instead See in context

Thus showing how little understanding they have of addiction. It would be funny if it weren't shocking miseducation.

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Posted in: Naked man arrested for public nudity denies charges; says he was doing spiritual training See in context

@Yubaru - the law's the law. If they can arrest and try a woman for a 3-D image of, and a canoe designed in the image of a vulva, then they have to arrest a man for displaying the actual genitalia.

Otherwise the law of Japan displays a misogynistic double-standard of the highest level.

And I'm sure they don't want to do that.

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Posted in: Osaka one of new Barbie 'Sheroes' See in context

Nissin should take a leaf out of Mattel's books.

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Posted in: Naked man arrested for public nudity denies charges; says he was doing spiritual training See in context

According to Japanese law, genitals and pubic hair are an Obscenity. Even if it's their image. By this token, this man ought to be kept in custody, tried in court, and imprisoned and fined.

Case in point, Megumi Igarashi:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megumi_Igarashi

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Posted in: Naked man arrested for public nudity denies charges; says he was doing spiritual training See in context

No. Genitals and pubic hair in public view is an Obscenity. He must be charged and prevented from doing it again.

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Posted in: Nuclear evacuees to face tougher housing situations from April See in context

Yes, just look at the photos. What luxury. Who wouldn't want to live there, even if they had the wherewithall to have their own home?

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Posted in: Documentary about man with no limbs discusses what it’s like to be disabled in Japan See in context

I have his first book knocking about somewhere - when it came out it had a huge impact, as people with disabilities were hardly seen out in public, let alone invited to speak on TV. He does very good work.

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Posted in: 16-year-old boy hit and killed by train in Saitama Pref See in context

The poor boy, and his poor family. This is tragic.

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Posted in: Police say they took action against 40 human traffickers in Japan in 2018 See in context

No comment on who is responsible for the trafficking, then? Just descriptions of the girls who were victims, but not of the actual criminals. Ain't that always the way...

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Posted in: Bus driver refuses ride to passenger in wheelchair See in context

I take the same bus as a woman in a reclining wheelchair, and her two companions, quite regularly. It's a smooth operation.

Put out the portable slope.

Put up the two or three seats which take up the space the wheelchair needs.

The woman is wheeled onto the bus.

The safety belts and wheel stops are put into place while the slope is put away.

It takes two minutes max. The driver was at fault, and if the company encourages this policy, then so are they.

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Posted in: 15-year jail term sought for comic magazine editor over death of wife See in context

the deputy editor pushed his wife down some stairs after choking her in a bedroom.

It's a short sentence to describe what happened. Pause to consider how much terror and pain Kanoko Pak suffered before she was killed. Imagine what he did to her, and how she would have fought back.

Fifteen years doesn't cut it.

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Posted in: Life-long hatred of felines spurred on serial cat poisoner See in context

...and even without it escalating to killing humans, causing suffering to and killing animals should never be brushed under the carpet. Wildlife should be protected.

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Posted in: Life-long hatred of felines spurred on serial cat poisoner See in context

People who torture small animals can do the same to larger ones, ie humans. If he gets away with this, the justice system will show that they support animal cruelty.

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Posted in: More Muslim prayer rooms open in Japan, but relatively few takers See in context

Why no prayer rooms for Christians, Buddhists, Jews, or any other faith? 

They're called churches, temples, synagogues, shrines, chapels, monasteries, meeting houses, and halls.

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